Madison - Joyce E. McBain Thompson died on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Joyce was born on July 17, 1925 to Don and Beulah Briggs in Eagle Corners, Wisconsin. Born and raised on her family's farm, she was a hard worker all her life, but most proud of the years she spent at Central Wisconsin Colony where she was in her element nurturing and caring for her "kids". She was a master of sewing, cooking and baking. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved an occasional trip to the casino and was a feisty progressive liberal.
Joyce is survived by her children Janice Stephens (Marysville, WA), David (Dorothy) of Richland Center; John McBain (Gisela) of Seattle, WA; Donna Cottrell of Madison, Margo McBain (Jim DePass) of Cottage Grove, Sherry (Ryan) Nomura in Oahu, Hawaii; and Teresa McBain of Madison; sister Donna (Henry) Johnson; 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren and special friend and companion Ed Kjin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Richard Kent, two brothers Ken and Dick Briggs.
The focus, the purpose and the joy of her life was being a mother and grandmother. She raised her family in a spirit of acceptance of all walks of life. She was the matriarch of her very large, diverse family. Her door and her heart were always open, the cookie jar was full and the coffee was always on.
She died in her home surrounded by family as she wished. The suffering is over. Rest in peace beautiful lady. We now have a fierce guardian angel watching over each of us.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, September 10 at New Life Church (Community Room) from 6-8 pm; 7564 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI.